Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, with a population of more than 600,000. This port city, which sits on the meandering River Clyde, is a cultural hub home to a plethora of museums, artifacts and a thriving sports scene.
Glasgow is a city gripped with ‘football fever,’ with Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic the dominant forces in Scottish football. The nation is holding its collective breath this summer after Scotland qualified for its first major football tournament since 1998, booking an appearance at UEFA Euro 2020.
Having been put in the same group as England, the excitement north of the border is palpable, with fans already clamoring for the latest promotions to get the best possible price on Scotland defeating their arch-rivals.
Nevertheless, there is so much more to Glasgow than football. As this guide demonstrates, there is a wealth of Scottish charm to explore on foot as a first-time visitor to the ‘Dear Green Place.’
The medieval Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest in mainland Scotland and the oldest construction standing in the city. Dating back to the late 12th century, it brings a distinct gothic charm to the heart of the city. It’s free to go inside, with thousands visiting annually to experience the magnificent stained-glass windows and the historic crypt containing St. Mungo, Glasgow’s patron saint.
Travelers with a penchant for modern art should be sure to set aside time to explore the GoMA. The GoMA has had various guises through the years, operating as a domestic home, followed by a library, and since 1996 as an art museum. Entry is free too, with works from local and world-renowned artists located here.
Glasgow Science Centre
Located to the south bank of the River Clyde, the magnificent Glasgow Science Centre is further proof that the port city is a cultural feast. Opened upon the turn of the millennium, this place is one of the best museums to take the family due to the wealth of interactive workshops and exhibitions for all ages to get stuck into. Glasgow Tower is also built within the Science Centre, affording unspoiled, panoramic views of the city.
One of the most poignant sites in the city, the Necropolis is situated to the rear of Glasgow Cathedral, on top of a hill. This small Victorian cemetery is home to over 3,500 tombs and mausoleums. Aside from the magnificent architecture, visitors are guaranteed breath-taking views across the city on a sunny day.
The perfect place to unwind and soak up your surroundings, Glasgow Green is the oldest green space in the city. It was even a venue for football matches in the 19th century. The People’s Palace Museum is situated within the Green. The Green has also played host to several of the city’s most popular concerts and music festivals in recent years.
Although many of the attractions can be explored on foot within a single day, it’s recommended that you spend at least a weekend here to soak up everything the city has to offer during your trip to Europe.
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